Category Archives: Health & Wellness

iREAD Kika virtual book tour

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Kika the Upside-Down Girl just keeps on giving!  Up next on our fliptastic journey is a virtual book tour with iREAD  June 1 – 12. It’s an amazing tour schedule lined up and we can’t wait to start!  And there are free giveaways too – follow us on the iREAD page to see where we’re at!

Join Kika & Jessica’s Fliptastic Fall!

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KIKA the Upside-Down Girl – we are going to have a fliptastic fall!

So many great events coming up and I’m so honoured to be part of them – as a speaker, presenter, fan, panel guest and all around creative innovator. Please consider joining in the fun  – these events are sure to ignite, inspire and empower you to make the world a more creative, active and healthy place!  btw – the new book cover pictured above is pretty fun isn’t it?

Fall highlights below:

A Somersaultilicious Summer Ahead!

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4-time Olympic gold medalist Hayley Wickenheiser holds a copy of Kika the Upside Down Girl, which she graciously endorsed on the back cover – I hold her gold medal from Sochi. Very Inspiring!!

It is indeed exciting times for Jessica, Kika the Upside Down Girl and the FL!P movement!  Spring has been full of wonderful opportunities to engage with students, athletes, coaches, publishing & literary professionals, festival guests and happy Kika the Upside Down readers.

As we look ahead, I am thrilled to be engaging in so many amazing events that will undoubtedly build our community of confident, creative and fliptastic fans! 

Highlights:

The Art of Leadership for Women Conference – attendee & Hayley Wickenheiser fan (see photo above!). May 29, Toronto.

Gymnastics Ontario’s National Acro Cup – Kika the Upside Down Girl presenter and vendor  at inaugural competition.  June 6-7, Humber College, Toronto.

Pickering Invitational Gymnastics Competition – Kika the Upside Down Girl speaker and author signing.  June 21, Pickering.

Pan Am Games one year countdown – athlete representative & speaker. July 12, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Camp Woodward – Guest coach, physical literacy expert & FL!P presenter. June 28 – July 5, Woodward, PA, USA.

Literature for Life – Reading Circle facilitator & FL!P Approach presenter. August, Toronto.

Seneca College – lecturer/speaker. July & August, Seneca College, Toronto.

Word on the Street – Kika the Upside Down Girl kids stage presenter & author signing. September 21, Queen’s Park Circle, Toronto.

Chapters Indigo Yorkdale – Kika the Upside Down Girl reading & book signing. TBA September, Toronto.

INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair – Kika the Upside Down Girl presenter & author signing. November 13 – 16, Toronto.

Reading for the Love of It Conference – Kika the Upside Down Girl presenter & author signing. TBA February 2015, Toronto.

3 Reasons to Fling into Spring with Kika!

Revolution girlsSo many reasons to celebrate spring – warmer weather, more outdoor play, lots of Easter chocolate & new opportunities to hang with Kika the Upside Down Girl!

# 1.  Kika has a few new homes to share with you, including a permanent spot in the Archives of Canada Library, which I feel honoured and grateful for.  Books are now for sale @ CHAPTERS / INDIGO Bay/Bloor and at the amazing TYPE BOOKS. Books also for sale @ amazon.ca and through Jessica directly for organizations/bulk orders.

What should we do next? Having sold 750 of my original 1000 books, I’m going to Continue reading

Olympians Unite to Award Newtonbrook S.S. with CAC Environmental Award

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So honoured to co-present Newtonbrook S.S. with the Clean Air Champions/ Honda Canada environmental excellence award last month!  Pictured here: 2-time Olympic swimmer & Clean Air Champion Colin Russell, technology education teacher Donna Blanco, principal Lynne Koffman, TDSB trustee Mari Rutka, student leader Igor R., and Olympic gymnast & Clean Air champion Jessica Tudos. Student highlights included: Continue reading

Honouring excellence @ Markham Gymnastics Club Awards Banquet

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What a privilege it was to speak to the amazing gymnasts, coaches and parents at Markham Gymnastics Club’s annual awards banquet recently.  In addition to handing out celebratory medals, I was asked to speak about the impact that gymnastics has had on my life. Where to start?!

In recounting my journey from recreational athlete to elite Olympic gymnast, I shared with the group how I loved being upside down, that I was sometimes afraid of the new skills I was learning, missing out on social activities because of training was challenging at times,  how making the Olympic team at 15 was stressful and then a great thrill and, how I will never forget Continue reading

Keynote Address @ SEED’s Alternative Students Conference Eye-opening

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As a recent keynote speaker at SEED Alternative School’s “Students Driving Their Learning: Creating the Culture and Learning Space to Drive the Curriculum” conference, I had the opportunity to see, firsthand, what engaged students want to talk about and explore. Continue reading

Retreating to Launch New Ideas

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Gang’s all here to Launch!

We’re at Woodhaven Lodge near Buckhorn,Ontario (Jessica working on her book overlooking Sandy lake and her sticky notes above!) for the Launch Pad Retreat Weekend and all things point to getting lots of good work done this weekend.  Designed to help those wanting to move their creative project forward, the novel combination of space, time and support makes doing this “hard work” a reality.  Transforming ideas into actions is happening, while we grapple with questions such as: Continue reading

Off the Couch and onto the Bars!

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As the proud parent of a preschooler enrolled in recreational gymnastics at the Birchmount Gymnastics Club, I often get asked if I think my son will compete in the Olympics as I did in 1984.  He’s not even 3 so who knows…but what I do know is that gymnastics is building his confidence and enhancing his physical, mental and social/emotional wellbeing.  He is learning skills and behaviours that will serve him well in whatever he chooses to do in his life.  Continue reading